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Hungarian Air Force Airbus H225M Helicopter to Test-firing Weapon System in Western Hungary

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Hungarian Air Force Airbus H225M Helicopter to Test-firing Weapon System in Western Hungary

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Airbus H225M transport helicopter fitted with H-Force special weapon system.
Airbus H225M transport helicopter fitted with H-Force special weapon system.

The Hungarian Air Force’s Airbus H225M helicopters will arrive this summer, Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky announced on his social media page after a test-firing of one on Thursday, April 6, at the Nullapont firing range. The Hungarian Defence Forces will take delivery of the Airbus H225M helicopters this summer, and the aircraft will be fitted with a special weapon system called H-Force. HForce is a unique, exhaustive and flexible weapon system designed to meet the requirements of defence agencies seeking light attack mission capabilities or a complement to their existing fleet of specialised attack helicopters. The Hungarian Air Force will be the first in the world to introduce “this combination with this weapon system.

“Today, here in Várpalota, you could see how this unguided missile was fired and hit its target precisely. This is a very modern 21st century development, a major development in the digital force, which will soon be in operation in the Hungarian Air Force. Peace requires strength, we will continue to work,” the Hungarian Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky said.

HForce is designed to meet the requirements of defense agencies seeking light attack mission capabilities or a complement to their existing fleet of specialized attack helicopters.
HForce is designed to meet the requirements of defense agencies seeking light attack mission capabilities or a complement to their existing fleet of specialized attack helicopters. (Photo by Airbus)

The Hungarian Ministry of Defence ordered 16 H225M multi-purpose helicopters equipped with the HForce weapon management system. Airbus provided an extensive training and support package to ensure the highest level of operational availability. The H225Ms selected by Hungary will be equipped with state-of-the-art communication capabilities and will be used for transport, combat search and rescue, and special operations missions. Its state-of-the art avionics and four axis autopilot, exceptional range and payload capacities, combined with a large cabin designed to carry up to 28 troops and powerful air-to-ground and air-to-surface armament as well as electronic warfare systems allow the H225M to carry out the most demanding missions.

The Airbus Helicopters H225 (formerly Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma) is a long-range passenger transport helicopter developed by Eurocopter. The EC225 is based on the Super Puma, improving upon the design with a five-blade main rotor incorporating a new airfoil shape to reduce vibration and noise levels. It is a twin-engined aircraft and can carry up to 24 passengers along with two crew and a cabin attendant, dependent on customer configuration. Since then the 11-metric-tonne H225M has proven its reliability and durability in multiple combat environments and crisis areas. A member of the multi-role Super Puma family of helicopters, this military variant is currently operational in France, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and has recently been ordered by Kuwait and Singapore.

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